Philosophy (Theatre Performance)


Note Please note: This information is based on the 2015 course. We are in the process of updating for 2016, and the information will be available shortly.

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At a glance

For students looking to begin study in 2016.

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration: 3-4 years (full time), 6-8 years (part time)
Start date: Throughout the year
Qualification: Doctor of Philosophy (Theatre Performance)

Information about fees


This practice based PhD program offered in the Faculty of Arts enables you to complete extensive, independent research on your agreed chosen topic, while supported by a minimum of two academic supervisors, in a stimulating, supportive and professional environment.

With a focus on strengthening the nexus between theory and practice, this course meets the growing demand from students and industry professionals for study and research options that focus on performance practice.

The course aims to equip students with a sophisticated understanding of the real world application of their research. It appeals to a broad range of candidates including theatre professionals, practitioners, educators, honours students and those who want to advance their knowledge and skills in areas such as:

  • creating performance work for professional production
  • understanding the mechanics of performance making and theatrical production and
  • exploring methodologies of practice as research in performance (an area recognised as cutting edge in international theatre and performance studies).

Monash is well positioned to offer specialist supervision in a wide range of practices including directing, theatre making and dramatic writing. We can also offer experienced supervision in delivering appropriate outcomes.

You will complete a thesis component consisting of a live performance of 60 – 90 minutes duration in a public venue which will normally be in one of the fields of directing, theatre making or dramatic writing, together with and a critical commentary of 30 – 35,000 words.

Along with the research component, you will also complete a series of research training activities or coursework to support your research focus from the Theatre, performance and music PhD program. These discipline-specific and professional development activities are designed to impart skills and knowledge that will assist you in conducting your research.

Speciality course

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Theatre Performance) will require one of the following qualifications in Theatre, Performing Arts or a related discipline as well as substantial documented professional experience in the field:

  • a four year Australian or New Zealand bachelor's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above) - normally with a research component in the fourth year; or
  • an Australian or New Zealand master's preliminary qualification with a significant research component and with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand coursework master's degree with a significant research component graded at a minimum Distinction (a mark of 70 or above), and a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • an Australian or New Zealand research master's degree with a minimum overall result of H2A (a mark of 70 or above); or
  • qualifications or experience that the Graduate Research Committee considers to be equivalent to, or a satisfactory substitute for, the above.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 4066

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

Fees to be advised.

Research Training Scheme (RTS)

RTS places are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Note: Fees for courses offered in Malaysia and South Africa will differ from those shown here.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

For more information visit the faculty website